Star Wars Resistance: Season 1 Episodes 18 – 19 (TV/Television Review) – Kaz Becomes A Leader

The Disappeared’ and ‘Descent’ were the episodes of Star Wars Resistance that would act as the foundation for the Season 1 finale. Everything has been building up to First Order control of the Colossus and I expected these episodes to finally put our protagonists in a place where they would have to truly fight back.

My Thoughts On Season 1 Episodes 18 – 19 Of Star Wars Resistance

‘The Disappeared’ acted as an episode which continued to highlight the First Order’s authoritarian oppression. This is because the racing, the heart and soul of the Colossus, was ended by the First Order and, as such, the ace pilots were grounded. Clearly, a move designed to remove any threat to the First Order as the ace pilots were also the Colossus’ protectors and they could probably hold their own in a fight against the First Order.

Tam and Kaz were still clashing over the First Order and we find out that Colossus citizens who defy or speak out against the First Order are disappearing. I immediately thought that these citizens were arrested, taken off world and imprisoned to do hard labour because this is what the Empire did to those who rebelled against them.

Hype Fazon and Aunt Z are two of these citizens who fall foul of the First Order, at least until Kaz and Torra break them out. Before this escape happened, Torra and Kaz see that Doza and Yeager are working together to knock out the communication blocker so they can let the Resistance know that they need help.

For me, to see the old Rebel Alliance pilot and the former Imperial officer working together against the First Order was great to see. I hope to see more of these two together going forward both in Season 1 and Season 2 of Resistance.

Escape, Arrest, Escape

Still, while I am sure that Kaz would have been personally relieved to see Doza and Yeager on the same side, him and Torra had a job to do and they help Hype, Aunt Z and a couple of others to escape the platform.

Once again, Takodana is referenced as a location by Aunt Z where she and the others call upon the help of an old friend which clearly implies Maz Kanata. The consistent references to Takodana in Season 1 of Resistance have made me convinced that we will see Takodana in the Season 1 finale as a way to show Aunt Z and Hype Fazon’s perspective of the destruction of Hosnian Prime.

Kaz and Torra saved the day but, sadly, ‘The Disappeared’ ended on a dark note as Kaz, Yeager, Neeku and Tam are all arrested by the First Order. ‘Descent’ begins where ‘The Disappeared’ ended with are protagonists being arrested and they are being arrested because the First Order traced the Fireball, Kaz’s ship, back to the workshop after the events of ‘The Core Problem’. Consequently, the First Order suspect they are all Resistance spies.

This puts out protagonists in a perilous position but Kaz, Yeager, Neeku and CB-23 are able to escape but Tam cannot because she is so confused by the whole situation. Tam is taken captive but is treated well by Agent Tierney, a new character in Resistance who works for the First Order.

Obviously, this is an attempt to get Tam to reveal information easily and perhaps shift allegiance to the First Order. Because of what we have seen in previous episodes of Resistance, this is a possibility and, now that she knows the truth about Kaz, she will clearly feel betrayed and untrusting of the people she believed trusted her.

Kaz Has To Step Up

Kaz’s true identity is revealed to everyone who did not know previously and he and the others who escaped hide out in Engineering with Kel and Elia, the children from Tehar. From that point forward, Kaz is now in a leadership role and he has to step up to the plate. He comes up with a plan to flood the station and knock out the communications blocker undetected to get a message to the Resistance.

Thanks to Doza’s help, the plan is successful and the message is transmitted and, interestingly, it is intercepted by Synara and the pirates. Perhaps they could provide Kaz with some help in the next episodes of Resistance. However, Kaz’s plan comes at a cost as Yeager gets captured which is a huge blow for Kaz.

Once he returns to Engineering, Kaz listens to the message Leia sent in response and, unfortunately, the Resistance is unable to send help. Their resources are stretched thin as it is and this means that Kaz and the others are on their own. Kaz therefore has to take even more responsibility than before.

He forms his own official Resistance cell to drive out the First Order and this showcases the arc of maturity Kaz has gone on since his time on the Colossus in a very meaningful way. I really liked ‘The Disappeared’ and ‘Descent’, the latter particularly because of Kaz’s progression as a character.

We now have two episodes left and, with the destruction of Hosnian Prime imminent, we will have to see how our protagonists react to this in the Season 1 finale of Star Wars Resistance.

Star Wars Resistance Season 1 Episodes 18 - 19 The Disappeared Descent Review

 

Star Wars Resistance: Season 1 Episodes 16 – 17 (TV/Television Review) – Another Leap Forward In Quality

As a season of television gets closer towards the season finale, things should be starting to really pick up in the main storyline. In the case of Season 1 of Star Wars Resistance, ‘The New Trooper’ and ‘The Core Problem’ were episodes which, from their descriptions, made me feel as though a lot of great connections would be made to the Sequel Trilogy. This was especially the case when I realised that Poe Dameron would be heavily involved in ‘The Core Problem’.

My Thoughts On Season 1 Episodes 16 – 17 Of Star Wars Resistance

Still, first up was ‘The New Trooper’, an episode of Resistance which began with a First Order Stormtrooper getting knocked out by the children from Tehar. Kaz uses this situation as an opportunity to impersonate this Stormtrooper and find out more about the First Order’s plans for the Colossus.

Once again, Tam clashes with her friends about the First Order and, this time, she debates with Yeager about them. The generational divide I spoke about in a previous review of Resistance is highlighted once more in ‘The New Trooper’. Given his past involvement with the Rebel Alliance, Yeager has direct experience with the Empire and knows that the First Order, the fanatical descendants of the Empire, are not to be trusted.

Tam is more trusting of them due to the fact that she has grown up in a time of peace and is unaware about the atrocities of the Empire. In fact, she actually has positive opinions of the Empire because her grandfather worked in an Imperial factory and was able to provide for Tam’s family.

When we eventually get to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Resistance, Tam is hopefully going to truly see what the First Order is all about and come around to Kaz and Yeager’s side of the debate­. As ‘The New Trooper’ progressed, we learnt more about what life is like for a Stormtrooper and they come across more like battle droids than soldiers.

This is because the First Order has the ability to do brain scrapes, i.e. memory wipes. I thought this was a really interesting detail and it gives more meaning to General Hux’s line in The Force Awakens that his soldiers were “programmed from birth”. Again, a great connection has been made between Resistance and the Sequel Trilogy.

First Order Plans

A revelation that came out of ‘The New Trooper’ was what the First Order intend to use the Colossus for. Indeed, Kaz learns that a First Order garrison is coming to take over the Colossus and that the First Order wants the Colossus to be a military refuelling station for their fleets in preparation for their galactic invasion.

This capped off an episode in which some great developments in the main story happened. With each passing episode, Resistance is getting more serious in tone and storytelling which was a necessity given what we all know is coming in the near future.

I am of course talking about the destruction of Hosnian Prime by Starkiller Base and, in ‘The Core Problem’, the First Order superweapon cast a looming shadow even if our protagonists did not realise it. In this episode of Resistance, the opening shot is of Yeager looking at a TIE Fighter patrol with despondency which is probably due to the bad memories of the dark times flooding back.

Despite heavy First Order presence, Poe is able to sneak onto the Colossus to rendezvous with Kaz and retrieve BB-8 for an important mission on Jakku. Clearly, this establishes that we are on the cusp of The Force Awakens. Still, before Poe heads off to Jakku with BB-8, Kaz debriefs Poe on the First Order’s business on the Colossus and why they need it.

Mysterious Experiments

Moreover, with the intel Kaz was able to acquire in ‘The New Trooper’, they discover a location in the Unknown Regions where the First Order was located in a concerning capacity. Once they get there, it is all too apparent to us, the viewers, what the First Order was doing at this location.

A system with no sun? Planets and moons wrecked? First Order attempts to build Starkiller Base and make it operational occurred at this location in the Unknown Regions. It made for some quite striking imagery. Eventually, Poe and Kaz go to a planet where an old temple is in ruins and the population has been wiped out entirely.

The structures of this temple from an architectural perspective were eerily similar to Luke’s temple that was destroyed by Ben Solo/Kylo Ren as we saw in Star Wars: The Last JediAdditionally, and probably more importantly to the story of Star Wars Resistance, this temple may be part of the village on Tehar as Alex from Star Wars Explained excellently pointed out in his review of ‘The Core Problem’.

Poe and Kaz run into the First Order at this temple but they are able to escape and BB-8 is returned to Poe. They both head off to Jakku and CB-23 takes BB-8’s place alongside Kaz. Kaz returns to the Colossus with Tam more curious than ever about Kaz and what he is really doing.

Something I found quite interesting was Yeager showing a real, genuine interest into what Kaz and Poe found. This was a far cry from who Yeager was in ‘The Recruit’ where he was quite apathetic about the Resistance/First Order conflict. This showed the character development of Yeager in Season 1 of Resistance in a great way.

My Final Thoughts On Season 1 Episodes 16 – 17 Of Star Wars Resistance

I am sure that Yeager will be fully involved in the fight against the First Order once he sees what is about to happen. Undoubtedly, given the way it developed the First Order storyline and how it connected to the Sequel Trilogy, ‘The Core Problem’ was one of my favourite episodes of Star Wars Resistance so far and a great way to tease what is to come.

I liked ‘The New Trooper’ too but not as much and I have come to realise that anytime Poe is involved in Resistance, the show is better for it. Perhaps that was why I preferred ‘The Core Problem’ over ‘The New Trooper’ but both episodes helped this animated Star Wars TV series take a leap forward in quality.

Star Wars Resistance Season 1 Episodes 16 - 17 The New Trooper The Core Problem Review

Film News – Dean DeBlois On How To Train Your Dragon 3

Dean DeBlois has poured his heart and soul into the How To Train Your Dragon film franchise and I can only imagine how delighted he has been with the positive critical reception for his trilogy. How To Train Your Dragon 3 was recently released in cinemas worldwide and Dean DeBlois spoke to Collider about the third and final instalment in this animated movie series.

How To Train Your Dragon 3

Here is what Dean DeBlois had to say on working with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins as a visual consultant on How To Train Your Dragon 3:

It was so great. He’s such a soft-spoken and mild-mannered guy but so full of wisdom, it’s like a Masterclass every time he spends time with us. He’s been working remotely, but when he is in town he’ll spend an entire day and meet with every department.”

Once again, he was involved with every department, creating these mood boards of photo references; everything from a sense of mist or atmosphere to pallets.”

Then working with the camera department in setting up shots and talking about combining some, different perspectives…then all the way through to the end, working with our production designer and visual effects designer to fine-tune the lighting and make sure every sequence has a strong identity.”

Dean DeBlois also discussed how aware he is about the rabid fandom for these films:

I am aware of it, and most of the people here working on the film are aware of it because it’s a very passionate and very outspoken group and they hold us to a certain standard because of their love of the characters and the world.”

I think we want to do right by them. A lot of decisions we question amongst ourselves, just to make sure we are not going to hopefully disappoint or enrage our fans by doing something that feels out of character.”

Thank you for reading this article! You can find my other articles here at theturnertalks.com as well as my reviews which you can also all find at sp-bx.com.

Star Wars Resistance: Season 1 Episodes 14 – 15 (TV/Television Review) – A Good Focus On The First Order

After the mixed return to Season 1 of Star Wars Resistance, I was hoping for the First Order storyline to take centre stage in ‘The Doza Dilemma’ and ‘The First Order Occupation’. Clearly, if an episode has “First Order” in its title as the latter did, it is a bit of a giveaway to what this episode will focus on.

With each passing episode, we get closer to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This will make anyone watching this animated Star Wars TV show believe that the First Order will have a larger presence in Resistance going forward.

My Thoughts On Season 1 Episodes 14 – 15 Of Star Wars Resistance

Overall, both ‘The Doza Dillema’ and ‘The First Order Occupation’ continued the First Order storyline in a good way without being particularly spectacular. With ‘The Doza Dillema’, we witnessed just how cunning the First Order are when it comes to achieving their goals. In this episode of Resistance, the First Order commands the pirates to kidnap Torra and, in turn, force Doza to allow First Order presence on the Colossus.

The pirates are able to infiltrate the Colossus with the help of Synara whose loyalty to the pirates is absolutely waning given both her reluctance to help them from the beginning and to then inform Kaz what the pirates had done when she found out it was Torra they were after.

What Synara did not realise throughout her actions in this episode was the fact that Kaz saw her interact with the pirates prior to Torra’s kidnapping. By the end of ‘The Doza Dilemma’, Kaz realises Synara’s true identity but he does not know that Synara is essentially loyal to him from this point on.

Still, the most significant event of ‘The Doza Dilemma’ was Torra’s capture. In the end, it was actually the First Order who ended up rescuing her from the pirates. It was all a ruse to gain Doza’s trust, come across as the good guys and gain a foothold on the Colossus. As we see in ‘The First Order Occupation’, First Order presence on the Colossus is indeed established after the events of ‘The Doza Dilemma’.

A Generational Divide

From the beginning of ‘The First Order Occupation’, we can clearly see the First Order’s authoritarian ways being implemented to limit freedom under the guise of order and security. Obviously, Kaz is angry at all of this given his New Republic background. He is someone who would have been educated about the war between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance from an early age and he knows what Stormtroopers truly symbolise; oppression and war.

Still, what was interesting to see in this episode of Resistance was the mixed response to the First Order presence. I already spoke about Kaz’s displeasure and Doza clearly saw the downsides seeing as he was alive during the rule of the Empire and was an Imperial before he left the Empire for reasons still unknown. They provided the negative reaction to the First Order presence on the Colossus and the positive reaction came from Tam.

Tam believes that it is not a bad thing that the First Order are here to protect them from the pirates. Putting aside the fact that Tam does not know the First Order collaborated with the pirates to cause the chaos that allowed them to be on the Colossus, it is easy to see why Tam would have this relatively positive opinion about the First Order.

This is because she was not alive during the Empire’s rule of tyranny. A generational divide shaped by experiences and/or awareness of the past exists and I am interested to see how this plays out in future episodes of Resistance.

Synara’s Escape

With the First Order now on the Colossus, one of their first objectives was to root out any remaining pirates which meant they were after Synara. A major part of ‘The First Order Occupation’ was watching Kaz help Synara escape the Colossus. Before her escape, he lets her know that he knows who she really is and I severely doubt that this will be the last time they see each other.

A small detail during Synara’s escape that I liked was the reference to Takodana. Kaz mentions Takodana as a safe place where Synara can go and hide out at. We know that Maz Kanata’s castle is on Takodana and hence clear why Kaz believed this would be a safe place to hide out seeing as those who frequent that establishment are not always the antithesis of scum and villainy.

Moreover, because of the importance of that location to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it would be cool to see Synara there during The Force Awakens and the destruction of the Hosnian system. It would be a nice connection between the TV shows and the films.

My Final Thoughts On Season 1 Episodes 14 – 15 Of Star Wars Resistance

As the mid-season trailer for Season 1 showed us, Star Wars Resistance will overlap with The Force Awakens and the opportunities to establish various connections between the two are ripe. From the perspective of canon as well as a dramatic one, I cannot wait to see when this overlap happens and I am also looking forward to seeing how the continuous First Order presence impacts the Colossus and its citizens.

The upward curve in the second half of Season 1 was continued with ‘The Doza Dilemma’ and ‘The First Order Occupation’. While they do not rank amongst the best episodes of Resistance, they progressed the story nicely and aided my efforts to forget just how atrocious ‘Bibo’ was as an episode that kicked-off the remaining episodes in Season 1 of Resistance.

Star Wars Resistance Season 1 Episodes 14 - 15 The Doza Dilemma The First Order Occupation Review

 

Star Wars Resistance: Season 1 Episodes 12 – 13 (TV/Television Review) – A Mixed Return To Season 1

The trailer for the second half of Star Wars Resistance Season 1 was fantastic. It established a darker tone than we have seen so far in Resistance and it definitely increased my expectations for ‘Bibo’ and ‘Dangerous Business’, the episodes of Resistance that would kick-off the second half of Season 1. From the trailer, it seemed as though the First Order/Resistance conflict would be the overriding focus for the remainder of Season 1.

My Thoughts On Season 1 Episodes 12 – 13 Of Star Wars Resistance

If you have been watching Resistance, then you can therefore imagine how utterly disappointed I was with ‘Bibo’. It was twenty minutes of my life that I will never get back. Without a shadow of a doubt, ‘Bibo’ is the worst episode of Resistance so far and it was a terrible way to start the second half of Season 1 in my opinion.

In this episode, Neeku adopts a small sea creature and he calls him Bibo. The entire episode revolves around this creature – why? The show has some very interesting storylines going on. Why did we need this filler episode? In the grand scheme of things, it was an utterly pointless waste as far as I am concerned.

The only mildly interesting things of note that happened in ‘Bibo’ were that Synara came closer to finding out the true identity of Kaz and one of the children from Tehar may be force sensitive. Still, this is nowhere near enough in terms of importance to make ‘Bibo’ a necessary episode to watch. For me, this is the first bad episode of Resistance and one that you can absolutely skip.

Thankfully, compared to ‘Bibo’, ‘Dangerous Business’ was a huge improvement in quality. In ‘Dangerous Business’, Kaz is looking after the Acquisitions store and he has to deal with a shady alien who steals an important item for the First Order. This item is used for drilling and excavation and I can only assume that this item will be somewhat linked to Starkiller Base and the upcoming galactic invasion.

My Final Thoughts On Season 1 Episodes 12 – 13 Of Star Wars Resistance

Because of the links to the First Order storyline, ‘Dangerous Business’ was a step in the right direction because it was slightly more in tune with the tone set by the trailer for the remaining episodes in Season 1 of Star Wars Resistance. I pray that we do not get another ‘Bibo’ in Season 1.

Star Wars Resistance Season 1 Episodes 12 - 13 Bibo Dangerous Business Review

 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Film/Movie Review) – A Game Changer For Animation

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an animated superhero film directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman. It is based on the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales/Spider-Man and it is the first animated movie in the Spider-Man film franchise.

The film features an ensemble voice cast of Liev Schreiber, John Mulaney, Luna Lauren Valez, Nicolas Cage, Lily Tomlin, Brian Tyree Henry, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld and Shameik Moore.

The story of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is set in a shared multiverse called the ‘Spider-Verse’ which has alternate universes with various Spider-Men. In this film, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) becomes one of the many Spider-Men and he must work with the others to save New York City from Kingpin (Liev Schreiber).

My Expectation For Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

This is not an exaggeration; every single review and reaction to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse proclaimed it to be one of the best films of 2018, one of the best comic-book movies of 2018 and one of the best comic-book movies ever made. Clearly, this raised my expectations for a film I did not know much about.

I tried to go into this film knowing little about the plot but the praise that Spider-Verse received made me think that I was in for something special. Still, Avengers: Infinity War was the best superhero film I had seen in 2018 and Spider-Verse would have to be special to top Infinity War.

My Thoughts On Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Avengers: Infinity War remains my favourite comic book film of 2018 but I really liked Spider-Verse. Make no mistake, this film is a game changer for animation. It is visually gorgeous and unique in its style.

Still, what makes Spider-Verse a very good film is its story, the heart of which is the relationship between Miles Morales and his family. Indeed, the tug-of-war for Miles between his father and uncle made for some very poignant moments throughout the movie.

Still, as much as I liked Spider-Verse, I feel as though my appreciation for this film would have been greatly enhanced if I was a hardcore Spider-Man fan. I cannot imagine how awesome this film would have been for them.

I am a very casual fan of Spider-Man so most of the easter-eggs and specific, deep cut references went over my head. Certainly, I had no idea so many iterations of Spider-Man existed in the first place.

Nevertheless, I found so much to like in Spider-Verse despite how much this film was made for the hardcore fans of Spider-Man. This movie is funny and has some brilliant characters within it. Obviously, Miles Morales and Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) are standouts but my favourite character was Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage).

I loved his role in the film and what he brought to the story. Moreover, because of the range of characters as well as the dense story, Spider-Verse has to juggle a lot of moving parts and it does this very nicely which was a big achievement.

My Final Thoughts On Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

My only real issue with Spider-Verse was how the momentum of the film was a bit stop/start which slightly hampered the pacing. Additionally, while Kingpin was a decent villain, I would have liked for his character to have been a bit more developed than it was.

Still, I understand that Spider-Verse is a film about the hero’s journey and it is a great journey to go on. Spider-Verse is a very good time at the cinema and it does deserve a lot of the praise it has received. It also deserves award recognition and it should be a lock to win Best Animated Film at the 2019 Oscars.

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Ralph Breaks The Internet (Film/Movie Review) – An Enjoyable Sequel

Ralph Breaks The Internet is an animated Disney film directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston and it is the 57th Walt Disney animated feature film. This movie acts as a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph and it has a voice cast that includes Alfred Molina, Jane Lynch, Ed O’Neill, Taraji P. Henson, Alan Tudyk, Jack McBrayer, Gal Gadot, Sarah Silverman and John C. Reilly.

The story of Ralph Breaks The Internet focuses on Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) who must travel to the Internet in order to save Sugar Rush, Vanellope’s video game. On this mission, Ralph and Vanellope’s friendship is tested to new limits.

My Expectation For Ralph Breaks The Internet

I liked Wreck-It Ralph and, after its success from a financial and critical perspective, it made sense that Disney would make a sequel. From the trailers, I thought that Ralph Breaks The Internet looked fun but I was not expecting this film to be better than Wreck-It Ralph. All I wanted was an enjoyable movie and anything more than that would be a bonus.

My Thoughts On Ralph Breaks The Internet

A decent, enjoyable movie is exactly what I got with Ralph Breaks The Internet. In some aspects, it is a sequel that improves on the original when it comes to the quality of the animation and set pieces as well as the themes and messages within the story such as friendship and its commentary on the Internet.

However, other elements of Ralph Breaks The Internet are not as good as they were in the first film. Indeed, the overall story in this sequel is nowhere near as strong and I felt that some of the characters that helped the first film so fun are left behind in Ralph Breaks The Internet which was a shame.

Additionally, the first act of Ralph Breaks The Internet, which is essentially everything that happened before Ralph and Vanellope travel to the Internet, was a bit flat. However, everything in the second act was really good, especially when it came to the Disney princess scene. The third act was mixed because, while there were some good character moments, the final boss battle was pretty bland in my opinion.

Ralph Breaks The Internet is, overall, a bit of a mixed bag but there was just about more stuff to like in it than to dislike or have apathy about. If you are a fan of the first film then you should see this sequel but do not go in expecting a brilliant Disney classic because it is not.

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Star Wars Resistance: Season 1 Episode 11 (Television/TV Review) – A Good End To The First Half Of Season 1

The mid-season finales of Star Wars Rebels were usually some of the strongest episodes of that animated Star Wars TV show. Going into the mid-season finale of Star Wars Resistance Season 1, titled ‘Station Theta Black’, I was hoping that this trend would continue.

From the synopsis, this episode had everything going for it. This was due to the fact that the focus would be on The First Order/Resistance conflict with Kaz and Poe as our main protagonists in this episode of Resistance.

My Thoughts On Season 1 Episode 11 Of Star Wars Resistance

‘Station Theta Black’ was a good mid-season finale that should be looked upon as being one of the most important episodes of Star Wars Resistance. For one, this is because a good amount of the major players in the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy were involved in this episode of Resistance.

As I have already mentioned, Poe was heavily involved in ‘Station Theta Black’. However, we also got to see Captain Phasma have an expanded role in this episode of Resistance than we have previously seen which was cool.

Still, the biggest character that appeared in this mid-season finale was General Leia Organa. I liked the role she played in this episode of Resistance but I personally thought that the voice performance given by Carolyn Hennessy was mixed. Indeed, Leia appeared in two scenes in ‘Station Theta Black’.

In my opinion, I thought that the voice performance given by Carolyn Hennessy in the first scene Leia was in was pretty mediocre. However, Hennessy’s voice performance as Leia was much better in the second scene Leia was in. The mixed voice performance was probably my only real problem with ‘Station Theta Black’. I liked everything else.

The Story Of ‘Station Theta Black’

In ‘Station Theta Black’, Kaz and Poe investigate The First Order’s presence at a mining facility in the Unknown Regions. They were only able to do this thanks to Kaz’s work in the previous episode of Resistance. At this mining facility, they eventually discover that The First Order are mining materials which are used to create blasters.

To us as the audience, this was an obvious sign of the galactic invasion to come. Again, this is more evidence of the importance of this episode of Resistance. Additionally, because this show is set before the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we also get to see an instance of Poe’s reckless, hot-shot pilot attitude.

Certainly, he is very willing to disobey Leia’s direct orders and it puts both himself and Kaz in considerable danger with Kaz almost losing his life on this mission. For me, it is little details like this which connect the television shows and the films in a great way.

My Final Thoughts On Season 1 Episode 11 Of Star Wars Resistance

So, overall, the roles of major Sequel Trilogy characters like Poe, Phasma and Leia as well as the focus on the wider First Order/Resistance conflict made ‘Station Theta Black’ a good and extremely relevant episode of Star Wars Resistance.

We are now at the halfway stage of Season 1 and, so far, I would say that Season 1 of Resistance is at a slightly better level of quality than Season 1 of Rebels. This only increases my excitement to see what happens in the second half of this season of Resistance.

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Star Wars Resistance: Season 1 Episodes 9 – 10 (Television/TV Review) – Great Character Development of Yeager, Torra and Doza

In my opinion, Yeager has been a big miss in the most recent episodes of Star Wars Resistance. For me, he is the most compelling character in this animated Star Wars television show because we hardly know anything about him. This gives him a mysterious aura and I have been dying to find out more about his past.

Thankfully, in ‘The Platform Classic’, we would get the chance to heavily focus on Yeager and his past. We would also find out more about Doza in ‘Secrets and Holograms’ and this all ties into what I mentioned in my last Star Wars Resistance review in regards to this first season having episodes that will prioritise characters rather than the main plot.

My Thoughts On Season 1 Episodes 9 – 10 Of Star Wars Resistance

‘The Platform Classic’ is easily one of the best episodes so far in Season 1 of Star Wars Resistance, especially when it comes to character. In this episode, Yeager is reunited with his brother Marcus and they clearly do not have the warmest of relationships.

As we find out later on, this is because, in a past race involving Marcus and Yeager, Marcus used hyperfuel to boost his ship to disastrous results. His ship spun out of control and killed several people, including Yeager’s family.

I was pleasantly surprised to see how well this dark backstory linked very well into the story beats of ‘Fuel for the Fire’ which itself was probably the weakest episode of Resistance so far. In this sense, ‘The Platform Classic’ gave ‘Fuel for the Fire’ more relevance to the narrative of Resistance. Plus, this was an episode that really fleshed out Yeager as a character which was great.

Eventually, a race at The Colossus takes place that Marcus needs to win to pay off a debt to the Guavian Death Gang (that itself was a nice link to Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Yeager races against Marcus and they let everything out about the past and their relationship. As a result, they are able to settle their differences which establishes the foundation for forgiveness.

Indeed, the last moments of ‘The Platform Classic’ showcase an important message from Yeager; “it’s important to forgive people. When you don’t, nobody wins”. I hope that we get to see more of Marcus and Yeager together sooner rather than later if it leads to more great moments and messages like this.

Doza’s Past

As I mentioned earlier, ‘Secrets and Holograms’ gave us insight into Doza’s past through a story that showed us more of his daughter Torra as well as progressing the main plot of Resistance. Indeed, we see that Doza is still reluctantly collaborating with The First Order and is considering their offer of “protection”.

We also get to see how much Torra is suffering from cabin fever on The Colossus. This helped us find out more about her character which was good and, in this episode of Resistance, she uses Kaz as an escape from her enforced reclusive lifestyle.

However, Kaz has a mission to do and his continuing distrust of Doza is not helped when he discovers an Imperial uniform in Doza’s quarters. The reason why he was there in the first place was to obtain the contract data given to Doza by The First Order but, clearly, the more interesting piece of knowledge that Kaz obtained was the fact that Doza used to be in the Empire.

Now, for Kaz, this is more “proof” that Doza is The First Order spy. However, for us as the audience, it is obvious that, given how Doza has shown that he does not like The First Order and that he wants to protect Torra from them, he defected from the Empire. The question is what caused him to do this?

Kaz’s actions in ‘Secrets and Holograms’ did not go unnoticed by Torra who suspects Kaz’s true purpose on The Colossus. Consequently, I would expect that she would be the first person who Kaz tells about who he really is and what he is really doing on The Colossus.

My Final Thoughts On Season 1 Episodes 9 – 10 Of Star Wars Resistance

Still, we will probably not get to that stage until the end of Season 1. For now, all I will say is that both ‘The Platform Classic’ and ‘Secrets and Holograms’ were great episodes of Resistance that developed characters like Yeager, Torra and Doza while still giving us the good humorous moments that give this TV show its heart and soul.

Star Wars Resistance Season 1 Episodes 9 - 10 Review The Platform Classic Secrets and Holograms

 

Film News – Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman + Peter Ramsey Discuss Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

It feels really weird to be in December and not have a new Star Wars film being released. Still, the void is slightly filled with movies such as Aquaman, Bumblebee, Mary Poppins Returns and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Indeed, the latter of these films is receiving a ton of praise with many film critics stating that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the best animated superhero film ever made in addition to being one of the best films of 2018.

The directors for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse are Bob Persichetti, Rodney Rothman and Peter Ramsey and, in an interview with Collider, they had the chance to speak about this Marvel animated superhero movie.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman had this to say on the process of creating the script for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:

PETER RAMSEY: “It’s an insanely organic process. Even the writing of the script is part of that whole flow, so there’s very little delineation between like an actual script page and what ends up in boards or what comes out of the art department. It’s all a really free-flowing sort of thing that we all just shepherded along and threw things in the pot, stir, and stir, and taste it.

See where we are, then it’ll bounce back to pages. Its one of those things that it’s like, it really was all about the film as a process in and of itself rather than, ‘Here we have a finished script. Now we will do exactly what’s on the page and nothing more.’ It was much more alive than that.”

ROTHMAN: “Some ideas start in the script. Most ideas, a lot of ideas happen downstream from the script and then as we’re working on the script, if we have to tweak or rewrite a scene, all of a sudden we’ve seen what animation is doing, or we’ve seen what the art department has added.”

And that makes us think of this other idea. It is a really organic process of seeing what the team is doing and then refining what you’re doing and emphasizing things that seem to be working well and disappearing things that aren’t.”

Miles Morales

Bob Persichetti said this on what type of person they wanted Miles Morales to be in this film:

A kid from Brooklyn, first and foremost. He’s meant to be your average teenager from Brooklyn with a loving mom and dad. That’s the big difference between him and Peter Parker is he still has both his parents.”

We tried to make him as relatable as possible, because even though it’s a radioactive spider that triggers it, it’s really just a simple coming of age story for him. Putting him in New York, and thinking about all the aspects of this film, a lot of the different cultural aspects of this film originated in New York from comic books to hip-hop to graffiti to the idea of Spider-Man, period.”

It was really just trying to create a kid who maybe had a little bit of a creative soul in him and was searching for an identity. Making sure that he was challenged and grew and had like a radioactive puberty.”

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